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Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 03-12-2012, 06:23 AM
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Posted By akryder
If you ever get a chance, try (any of) his beers....

If you ever get a chance, try (any of) his beers. They're all excellent. We're extremely happy he's releasing his beers up here.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-29-2012, 03:56 AM
Replies: 29
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Posted By akryder
bstacy1974 -- We did a 10 gallon batch today. ...

bstacy1974 -- We did a 10 gallon batch today. Nothing like a little ice fog in the garage (when you open the door).
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-03-2012, 04:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 443
Posted By akryder
Did you top off after your boil? If so, might be...

Did you top off after your boil? If so, might be from incomplete mixing. Also, did you calibrate your refractometer? Mine was 15 points off when I received it.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-13-2011, 04:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 440
Posted By akryder
Yeah, you can start with what you've got. I'd...

Yeah, you can start with what you've got. I'd look into setting up a blow-off tube for the water jugs, since they're only 5 gallons.

I'd be cautious to look for boil overs with a 6 gallon kettle,...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-13-2011, 05:39 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 182
Posted By akryder
I'd leave it on the primary and bottle it...

I'd leave it on the primary and bottle it whenever it's ready (steady FG, and it tastes right)
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-09-2011, 06:47 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,118
Posted By akryder
Carb tabs are just sugar tablets, formed in an...

Carb tabs are just sugar tablets, formed in an appropriate amount for a bottle of beer. You still need yeast to provide CO2 if using them. Even if your beer is clear going into the bottle, there...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-09-2011, 06:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 238
Posted By akryder
Sounds like it. If it hasn't dropped over the...

Sounds like it. If it hasn't dropped over the last few days, then it's done fermenting. On to the bottles!
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-08-2011, 07:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 364
Posted By akryder
I agree with scrabledegg81 and say go for the...

I agree with scrabledegg81 and say go for the full-tub method. If you get a skewer-style thermometer, you can possibly force it through a carboy cap (after sanitizing) to hold it in place and get a...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-08-2011, 06:48 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 334
Posted By akryder
I'd say you'll probably be OK. By moving the...

I'd say you'll probably be OK. By moving the fermentor, you run the risk of oxidation, which can lead to wet cardboard flavors. But, I say bottle it, and and drink it. I think (and someone with...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-23-2011, 09:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 790
Posted By akryder
If you want to save on ice, you can knock it down...

If you want to save on ice, you can knock it down to around 100 degrees (ish) with the tap water, then swap over to the bucket with the ice. That way you're not "wasting" ice on the initial cooling,...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-23-2011, 09:12 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,359
Posted By akryder
I've used on buckets, bottles, and carboys and...

I've used on buckets, bottles, and carboys and never had a problem. All should stabilize eventually, and read the beer temp.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-23-2011, 03:33 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,359
Posted By akryder
On a side note, using a jar of water in the...

On a side note, using a jar of water in the fridge won't give you the actual beer temp. It's a smaller mass of water, and since there is no fermentation, it won't account for the heat created by the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-21-2011, 02:42 AM
Replies: 10
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Posted By akryder
Was it an extract kit? If so, it's really tough...

Was it an extract kit? If so, it's really tough to miss the OG. It's just not mixed thoroughly. The fermentables are still there, but the layering of the water is throwing off your readings.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-27-2011, 11:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 522
Posted By akryder
Anything would probably work as long as it's...

Anything would probably work as long as it's properly sanitized and covered loosely with tinfoil. My plastic pitcher is filled with scratches, so I'd be very careful about cleaning and then...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-27-2011, 11:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 274
Posted By akryder
If you can, you can pull a measured amount (say 4...

If you can, you can pull a measured amount (say 4 ozs), cool it, and then add extract by a graduated medicine dropper to get the flavor profile you want. Then you can back calculate how much you...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-27-2011, 10:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 365
Posted By akryder
Using a hydrometer to tell if the fermentation is...

Using a hydrometer to tell if the fermentation is complete is pretty simple, really. What you're looking for is consistent readings over a period of time, say the same reading, 3 times over 6 days. ...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-27-2011, 09:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 365
Posted By akryder
1) Yeah, I think you should have received a...

1) Yeah, I think you should have received a steeping bag in your kit. As far as your beer goes, did you boil the grains? Heating the grains too hot (over 170) leads to tannic extraction, which can...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-25-2011, 05:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 970
Posted By akryder
You're fine. As the pressure builds in the...

You're fine. As the pressure builds in the carboy, it will push the water up. Just let it be....
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 06-14-2011, 05:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 266
Posted By akryder
I'm not certain, but a quick search shows (info...

I'm not certain, but a quick search shows (info provided by Kai) that Acid Malt contains around 3% Lactic Acid by weight.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-14-2011, 05:19 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,213
Posted By akryder
You're just tasting (really) green beer. 50 hours...

You're just tasting (really) green beer. 50 hours is WAY to early to make any decisions about your beer. The longer you let it sit on the yeast cake, the better chance the yeast have to do their...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-14-2011, 04:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,469
Posted By akryder
I'd recommend that you take a gravity reading (if...

I'd recommend that you take a gravity reading (if you haven't already). That's the only true way to tell if you're fermentation has started or finished. If you're gravity has dropped, you're...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-14-2011, 04:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 624
Posted By akryder
It would depend on the temp of water coming out...

It would depend on the temp of water coming out of your garden hose, but most likely the chilled pump would work the fastest. It's downside would be that it uses a lot of ice. The water out of your...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-24-2011, 05:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 561
Posted By akryder
Adding fruit prior to fermentation has the...

Adding fruit prior to fermentation has the tendency to drive off the aroma and affect the flavor as well. You may try adding them adding them into a secondary carboy, and racking onto them after...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-09-2011, 04:44 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 756
Posted By akryder
+1 The paper in the glass hydrometers can slip...

+1 The paper in the glass hydrometers can slip down....
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-22-2010, 04:13 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,717
Posted By akryder
I've never used them, but there are commercial...

I've never used them, but there are commercial all Target IPA's out there.

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/sly-fox-target-ipa/35624/17633/
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